Apr 04, 2018 Sports
Franklin Wilson story and photos
The Red Earth Riders Club (RERC) of Bartica successfully brought off their first Grass Track Meet of the year, held to coincide with the Bartica Easter Regatta activities on Saturday last at the Mongrippa Playfield, Mongrippa Hill, Bartica.
Fans and lovers of the sport came out in their numbers, braving the mid morning and early afternoon heat to enjoy the thrills, skills and nimbleness of the athletes as they maneuvered their machines on the dirt track.
Despite the dusty nature of the track early on (Fire Service being summoned to wet the track mid afternoon to keep the dust down) fans enjoyed every race as they cheered the competitors on and were left in awe on a few occasions when there were some spills.
Nonetheless, when the dust was settled as the sun began to set, emerging as the Overall Champions were Bobby Rasul and Steven Vieira joint winners of the 125cc 2-Stroke Professional Category.
Rasul and Vieira finished with 24-points apiece as a result of one first, second and third place finish. Steven Nobrega was next with 12 points followed by Ravin Ramcoomar and Andrew Wong with 10 points each.
Wong, the pride of Bartica in this format of the sport, was involved in an intense battle with Vieira and Rasul. Vieira prevailed in the first Pro race even as Wong fell off his machine twice due to some mechanical issues with his suspension.
Wong later changed his machine and went on to defeat Vieira and Rasul in a thrilling race which he led from mid way the first lap, Vieira and company left in the trail of dust playing catch up. That was also the case in the Open race which was the penultimate event of the day.
Oliver Young was unstoppable in the Quads events racking up two wins in as many starts to end with 20-points, four more than his younger brother Dave Young who could only manage the runner-up spots in both events.
The joint 3rd place finishers were Mark Fagundes and Romario Smartt who both collected 10 points each.
Tevin Sears was unstoppable in the 125cc 2-Stroke Novice championship accumulating a total of 28 points from his two wins and one second. Sears had lost the first race to Daniel Hardeen but revved his way back into contention by taking the next two races where he relegated Hardeen to the runner up spots in each race to win the Overall prize by two points.
Hardeen ended with 26 points, Avo Ramcoomar was 3rd in this category on 12, while fourth was Nandram Mohamed two points adrift.
In the Bush Bikes showdown, Mark Fagundes reigned supreme with a win and a second place which was enough to land him the top prize with 18 points. Trailing him was Antonio Jardine on 10 points followed by Romario Smartt on 8 with Zameer Shariff and Lancelot Douglas tied on 6 apiece for 4th place.
Dave Young rebounded to claim first place in the Side by Side 5-lap contest, Kacy De Agrilla 2nd and Antonio Jardine 3rd.
In the Open race a 7-lap showdown, Andrew Wong won from Steven Vieira, Steven Nobrega and Romario Smartt in that order. There was also a 3-lap race for Under-16 BMX cyclists which was won by Joseph Wendano from Keanu Moore and Daniel Luz.
Sponsors of the event were B. Lalta & Sons, KGM Security, Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop, Gold Target, V. Ramsingh & Sons General Store, Atlantic Marine and Supplies, Indo & Sons Mining, W. Golden, Mohamed’s Enterprises, Gary Young & Red Earth Riders, Gold X Trading, BLB Signature, Pandit Motors Spares & Service, W. Golden, Ramnarine Trading, S.K Minerals, Thomas Mineral Trading, Cyril Scarder’s Meat Centre, Nicholas Kadir, Devon Henry’s Heavy Duty Spares, Evan’s Grocery – Fat Man, M. I Yassin General Store, Freddy’s Taxi Service, R. Baksh & Sons and Dino’s Investments.
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